Friday, October 29, 2021

Grant scheme launched to help West Lancashire businesses recover post-COVID

 

  • Fund will help businesses recover from pandemic
  • Retail, hospitality and events among eligible businesses
  • £39.7m in support already paid out

West Lancashire Borough Council are excited to announce the launch of a new business grant scheme.  The West Lancashire Economic Recovery Grant has been developed to offer direct support to businesses that will boost their recovery after the challenges of the pandemic.  The scheme has been funded through a successful allocation of monies received from a third round of Central Government's Additional Restrictions Grant fund.

The aim of the West Lancashire Economic Recovery Grant is to support businesses across a wide range of eligible sectors and to encourage them to explore and introduce new ways of working.  The scheme could help businesses develop a new website, or buy in a new service or piece of equipment that will enhance their offer and enable them to attract new customers.  It will also look to support the implementation of new IT/Digital systems and training opportunities, subject to meeting the eligibility requirements.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration, said: "I am extremely pleased we are continuing to support West Lancs businesses post-COVID.  Since March 2020, the Council has supported over 2000 businesses across our Borough, with over £39.7m paid out in Government business grants. 

"This new grant scheme will help to sustain our businesses in the future and add a much-needed boost to their growth, whilst improving the local economy of West Lancashire. I would encourage any eligible business to apply."

Expressions of interest are welcomed from businesses who have set projects in mind and operate in, or are suppliers to, the following sectors:

  • Accommodation
  • Events
  • Gym & Sport
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Personal Care
  • Retail
  • Travel & Tourism

Further information about the West Lancashire Economic Recovery Grant can be found by visiting the Council's website www.westlancs.gov.uk/businessgrants

Enquiries on the scheme can be emailed direct to the Council's Business Grants team at: business.grants@westlancs.gov.uk